Biochemistry Experts

William Cullen

Department of chemistry
The University of British Columbia


Faculty in University of British Columbia

Research Interest

(i) Biogeochemistry of elements such as arsenic, antimony, phosphorus, and mercury. Here the main themes are: (a) the identification of metal containing species present in plants and animals and the elucidation of biochemical pathways for their formation: e.g. the arsenosugars A are found in marine and terrestrial alga - the ribose moiety probably derives from S-adenosylmethionine. (b) Biological processes involving metals in large scale sources such as land fills and hot springs. (c) The development of methodology for the analyses of compounds such as A: in this case HPLC/ICP/MS is effective.  

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